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From bootleg items to counterfeit goods, Clifton Hunter High School students got a lesson in the real problems associated with fake merchandise.

At a presentation Monday morning (27 June), intellectual property experts from HSM IP explained trademarks law and counterfeit products.

It’s not just handbags and shoes. The experts said counterfeit medicines and makeup products can pose serious health risks to consumers. Evidence linking trade in counterfeits to gang activity and child labour even convinced year 9 student Nathan Rankin to throw away whatever counterfeit merchandise he had accumulated.

“Once I saw some of the examples of how it was hurting some people and others, I just decided I ‘d throw it away because I didn’t want it to happen to me and I didn’t want to sell it to others,” said Mr. Rankin.

IP lawyer Sophie Davies told Cayman 27 the message is important for year 9 students as they are starting to make choices on how to spend their pocket-money.

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